Bishop Barron on St. Paul’s Masterclass in Evangelization

By | September 3, 2019


I might talk today about the 17th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles which contains the famous speech that Paul the Apostle gives on the areopagus in Athens it’s a famous passage and it constitutes I think a sort of masterclass in the evangelization of the culture so every step of the way it’s worth meditating on this famous moment you know first of all what’s Paul doing in Greece well he’s passed now from Asia Minor over to the European mainland prompted he says by a dream were a Macedonian is calling him to come over well I love the fact that Christopher Dawson the great Catholic historian said here’s a transition that no commentator no historian of the time would ever have noticed this itinerant Jewish preacher making his way from Asia Minor to Greece but in fact it was one of the most decisive moments in in human history because in doing that Paul is bringing the Christian faith to Europe to say to Europe is to say eventually to Rome and then eventually to the whole world through Europe so this decisively important moment when Paul prompted by his missionary impulse makes this journey for any evangelist today your prompting to do something to try something and you say well I mean what what effect will this have who knows who knows Paul didn’t see it this extraordinary effect but that’s why he’s in Greece he begins up in the north so you know Macedonia at Philippi he writes famous letter to the Philippians he goes to facility up in the North famous letter to the Thessalonians later he’s met with some success so we hear about you know a few conversions and people listening to him but he’s met with enormous opposition he ends up in prison in Philippi Thessalonica they chase him out of town by a mob another lesson for evangelists don’t be surprised when you’re opposed so I’ve been talking about that when I started doing this work in in the New Evangelization media and you know the ferocious opposition now thank God I’m not getting stoned by by angry mobs at least not yet but you know I’m getting my fair share of verbal abuse often times you can feel like please anybody listening to this well the Christian message has always been a bit dangerous countercultural strange surprising threatening still is so don’t be surprised Paul faced it too but then I love the fact that having started up north he makes a beeline to Athens now what was Athens at the time especially it was arguably the cultural center of the Roman world the Roman Empire courses spread to that part of the Mediterranean Athens the great city of Socrates and Aeschylus and Plato and Aristotle and everybody else even though that was 400 years before Paul it’s amazing our sense of history gets kind of truncated like they’re all back there sometime but Aristotle and company were 400 years before Paul but Athens is this major major cultural center good Christians by an instinct but deep instinct from Paul until you know John Paul the second have moved into cultural centers so we don’t stay simply you know off on the side someplace we we know Jesus wants this message to go out to all the world so we have an instinct to go to cultural centers centers of philosophy centers of communication that’s what Paul goes by it by a clear instinct to Athens now what happens to him when he gets to Athens and this is the the set up for the speech on the Areopagus it says here Paul waited for them in Athens his his fellows and there his whole soul was revolted at the sight of a city given over to idolatry worship of false gods is that still a problem yes that’s always the problem that’s always the problem that’s always the problem idolatry the worship of false gods now they would have had altars to you know various deities and so on no but heck we’ve got altars erected to all kinds of false gods in our culture so Paul’s great revulsion at this that’s deep biblical that’s his wonderful Jewish prophetic heritage you know that we’re about the worship of the true God that’s what evangelization means that we’re we’re trying to bring people into the worship of the true God ought we to be revolted by all the idolatry we see yeah yeah he was we should be too but then I’ll watch it’s not just oh isn’t this awful oh look at this Cultural Center how off-kilter they are how crazy these people are no no listen to what he does in the synagogue he held the base with the Jews and the god-fearing of course the god-fearing mean Gentiles who have kind of you know been sympathetic with the Jewish point of view Paul almost always goes to the synagogues first and we see why his message was Jesus risen from the dead is God’s yes to all the promises made Israel who’s gonna understand that message most readily Jews children of Israel will understand the message here did I want people today to see when we lose the link between Jesus and Israel we missed the point Jesus devolves rapidly into a bland spiritual teacher of timeless truths can we distilled timeless truth from his teaching sure sure but what’s interesting about Jesus is in his dying and rising he’s the fulfillment of all the promises made Israel so this instinct to connect the synagogue and the gospel good instinct even for evangelists today but in listen and in the marketplace he had debates every day with anyone who would face him now I I like that because I think in our cultural setting today the social media represent this sort of marketplace of ideas were you confront anybody so if I give a talk at a church or I go to a Catholic gathering I’ll meet mostly with like-minded people and it’s fine I’m happy to inform them and inspire them and so on but I love the fact that the social media represents this kind of open marketplace of ideas Christians should be willing and able to dial along with anybody because jesus said announced this message to the ends of the world I love all I heard this from his own lips when I was in Rome many years ago Pope Benedict was talking about Irenaeus of Lyon and he was speaking about his anti Gnostic perspective and the Gnostics of course are like his little private group but we have our own little private truth and we whisper among ourselves and and Benedict said you know and when we were speaking in French and he said for Saint Irenaeus the foie catholique a public public it’s public it’s a public pronouncement that from Paul on we’ve been public we don’t whisper our little message among ourselves but we’re willing and able to announce it to the whole world love that love that how the debates every day with anyone who would listen good we should still keep doing that and then this warms my philosophers heart even a few epicurean and stoic philosophers argued with them good for Paul is he talking to average people sure in the synagogue and probably on the street ordinary people working-class people sure sure that’s part of our job but who are the Epicureans and Stoics but the leading philosophical minds of the time and maybe hanging out in the capital city of greco-roman culture sure who are the top philosophers today who are they Christians ought to be able to name them ought to be able to engage them Christian evangelists don’t just whisper to people to lower end of the intellectual spectrum they talk to people the highest end of the spectrum good we should do all that today okay now watch watch it happen so Paul areas in the synagogue then out in the street then with the philosophers debating speaking evangelizing good good then this some of them said and these are the Epicureans and Stoics the high-minded people some of them said does this parrot know what he’s talking about now I love those because look at all the the I’m not enough of a Greek scholar to know the nuances here but the word being used is ambiguous in the Greek because I’ve seen translations what is this babbler talking about and one was he what was it scavenger one translation headed what’s this scavenger going on about so whatever the where it is it’s a disparaging word right so they’re they’re making fun of Paul what’s this bozo talking about you know well was he opposed up in the north yes is he opposed in the in the cultural capital yes and we shouldn’t be surprised our Christian evangelist called names all the time bye-bye hi you know cultural figures yeah sure sure we are get used to it get used to it you know thick-skinned you know in this operation but doesn’t stop Paul now this is really interesting this is the Jerusalem Bible I’m reading from here because there’s also ambiguity in the Greek here it says they the philosophers invited him to accompany them to the Council of the Areopagus okay but other translations are a little more dire and the language is more like they compelled him to come to the areopagus to explain himself so what was the areopagus well it was and still is this kind of extraordinary place it’s this this very impressive rocky sort of hill right below the Parthenon so right smack in the middle of Athens a place where they had debates they think but also where they had trials now keep in mind four hundred years before Paul another famous trial took place in Athens namely of Socrates who was accused of atheism and and corrupting the youth right so some translations suggest and scholars suggest this is not just always have a friendly chat about what you’re saying that it was closer to a trial that Paul was kind of on trial for what he was saying but any case there he is in this very public place with the kind of leading figures in the culture of that time and they’re asking him and/or challenging him about what he’s saying so with acts 17 now verse 22 we have the famous speech and I would urge any evangelist today to read it and to memorize it what Paul’s up to here because as I say it’s the master class here’s I begin men of Athens I’ve seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters because I noticed as I strolled around admiring your sacred monuments you had an altar inscribed to an unknown God now the interesting thing there you know we just heard a few verses earlier the pompous scandalized by the idolatry of the city so he was but now he’s doing his speech what Paul’s doing here is what in rhetoric is called the cop taught Co Venable NCA right which is the capturing of the benevolence of your audience by the way good rule for any public speaker at any time you start usually with some kind of self-deprecating remark or a compliment to your crowd so this would Paul who knew Greek rhetoric very well that’s what he’s doing but it’s more than that because Paul was engaging here and what the Greek Fathers would later call the exploration of the law boys firm a decoy which this means the seeds of the word so Paul’s got the word right the word made flesh in Jesus but there are hints and echoes and anticipations of that word in whatever is good true and beautiful in the culture you’re evangelizing so Paul saying hey I’ve been walking around your city and even though and what side of his heart saying what all is idolatry but he also say I you’re a religious people there’s a religious instinct in you now from Paul through Thomas Aquinas to GK Chesterton and CS Lewis and everybody else that’s a really good instinct to follow is to is to find the what the Latins call the semi NAVAIR be the seeds of the word in whatever culture you’re in my mentor at Cardinal George always said and you know Karl George who could be very sharply critical of the culture but he said you can’t finally evangelize a culture you don’t love which there’s always struck me as perfectly right if you just hate the culture you just at war with it you will not evangelize it effectively so Paul by a very good instinct looks for the seeds of the word as I say you can’t imagine a Gustin without that move you can’t imagine acquaintance without that move you can’t imagine John Paul the second without that move so very important for evangelizers but that’s not all he does if that’s all you do that’s if you want the left-wing problem you know that you just see Christianity is one more example of a cultural religious form you know listen now as Paul goes on since the God who made the world and everything in it is himself lord of heaven and earth he does not make his home in shrines made by human hands now mind you where it’s he standing as he says that and that’s what struck me when I went to the Areopagus in Athens he’s standing right below like it’s right up there the Parthenon which was the greatest pagan religious temple in the world at the heart of it was this now long gone but giant statue of the goddess Athena Paul saying hey the god I’m talking about does not make his home in shrines made by human hands like yours here saying so having complimented them he immediately critiques the idolatry within the culture that rhythm that move is typical of evangelist at their best it avoids if you want the extremes of both left and right it’s the yes to the culture and the great note of the culture all as a propaedeutic to one the declaration of the novelty of the good news listen to this now as Paul continues this speech now he God is telling everyone everywhere they must repent because he’s fixed today when the whole world will be judged and judged in righteousness and he’s appointed a man to be the judge and God has publicly proved this by raising this man from the dead ah now he’s talking about the heart of the gospel Jesus risen from the dead complements the culture critiques the culture as a preparation for the declaration of this decisive manifestation of the law goes Jesus risen from the dead Christian evangelists don’t shy away from this they don’t permanently put it off your ultimate purpose is the declaration of Christ risen from the dead okay now just one more point at this mention of rising from the dead some of them burst out laughing so that you know when I read this now I think Paul brother Paul I I’m with you man I get it I get it the number of times you know I can in my social media outreach the number of times I’ve been for one we’ve got a term laughed at for things I say I mean countless the culture has always found finds will always find the Christian Proclamation but crazy some some in the culture always will because it is this kind of crazy good news of Jesus having gone to death now risen from the dead and the source of grace for the world strange message uh-huh it always was don’t believe people today that say oh we all those ancient people they bought any old crazy nonsense all the pre-scientific poor things they believe these you know crazy people coming back from the dead no they didn’t know that listen they were pre scientifically they weren’t stupid they knew dead people stayed in their graves I mean of course they did it so they laugh at this this this claim that Paul was making my point is not to deny the resurrection is to say it’s always been a strange and disturbing message but yet Paul confidently proclaims it now I love this how it ends after that Paul left them but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believers among them died Nisha’s the Areopagus and one would call damaras and some others besides now you’re Paul you’re the Apostle Paul you’ve seen the risen Christ you want to proclaim him to the world you’ve gone to the cultural capital of your world you’ve gone to Athens you’ve debated with philosophers you’ve gone to the Areopagus itself you proclaim this message and what’s your payoff well a lot of them laughed at you most walked away and a couple of people said yeah maybe we’ll we’re set lying again maybe we’ll others said we’d like to hear you talk about this again that’s the payoff that’s what Paul got right could you understand if Paul went back to his room that night and thought okay well that was kind of a bomb you know that Evangelic robbery then go very well but wait who are Danish the Areopagus who’s his woman called de maras and others besides but the seeds from which European Christianity developed right this is Paul now planting the faith in Europe as it grew through Europe it eventually grew to the ends of the world so the fact that I’m recording these words I’m the distant Shore of a continent Paul II never even knew existed but the beginning of it were these handful of people that said yeah okay well well listen to you again on this you know final lesson two evangelists don’t get discouraged at what appear to be of poor results of your work who’s listening to me who cares about this I mean come on I’m wasting my time you have no idea what God can do with a couple little seeds that were planted by your proclamation of the word so anyway take a look at your get your Bibles out and acts 17 and the speech of Paul on the Areopagus master class for evangelizers [Music]

72 thoughts on “Bishop Barron on St. Paul’s Masterclass in Evangelization

  1. Silvester W Post author

    Thanks for the great video! You’ve talked about the subject before. I guess you are reiterating the topic again for catechists alike on how to conduct effective evangelization in light of the recent appalling survey result that almost 70% of Catholics don’t know or believe in the Real Presence. 🙏🏼

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  2. Mary Pinakat Post author

    Masterclass in Evangelization in the
    21st century by Bishop Robert Barron
    of Word On Fire ministries.
    Modelled on Acts 17 of St Paul in the 1st century. Deeply grateful.

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  3. x x Post author

    If the message of Christ were really preached on Youtube, it would be censored.

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  4. Tim Richardson Post author

    Bishop, I've been listening to you for a year or more. I'm an evangelical protestant who lost his faith a few years back. I was a declared atheist for a few years (long story, and not the one many assume). But I began to be persuaded a new about God and Christ by listening to Jordan Peterson. He convinced me of the psychological necessity of the idea of God. And somehow, that lead me to your videos. Your philosophical exploration of doctrine speaks to me. I'm very philosophically minded myself. I find myself compelled to keep listening. I am involved in church again, and love serving. But I find myself very curious about the Catholic Faith. I don't think my wife and the rest of my family would be thrilled about me exploring the idea of converting; to be fair, they wouldn't be positively opposed, just suspicious and reserved. What would you suggest I do?

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  5. Santhosh Ebroo Post author

    St. Paul was more "successful" that day than Blessed Charles de Foucault in his lifetime. God plays the longest of the long game. Perhaps, for many of us, "success" would be fatal to our own salvation and we must be content with having carried out the command obediently, and leave everything and everyone in God's hands.

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  6. Villie Stephanov Post author

    Acts 17:1 goes hand in hand with *34:34 !
    (( I really love You Father Barron 😍💞))

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  7. mackdmara Post author

    That is spot on. I rarely know if anything I have said has hit home. I trust in God to water that seed. Once it sprouts, even the least likely looking candidate might just be the best proclaimer of the faith.

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  8. Alias Jones Post author

    In all seriousness, who ARE the top philosophers of the day? Sam Harris, Pinker are popular but so shallow and narrow. Peterson is a bit one-note, Zizek is mostly rhetoric and bluster. The best philosophers of the day are unknown (vander klay) or long dead i think.

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  9. Alfred The West is dying, we must save it Post author

    Greetings form a Catholic living in the Levant, Asia

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  10. Marcus Williams Post author

    I note the screen shot of Barron and Shapiro and recall the silliness of the Bishop calling Jesus the so-called "privileged route" to salvation contrary to the Lord's own word, that Jews can be saved through the Law, contrary to St. Paul, and that even atheists of good will can be saved as the receive the grace of Christ indirectly. Would that a better confession had been made while thousands of thousands watched.

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  11. Arturo Diaz Post author

    Great insight Bishop, these historic events really planted the seeds that produced faithful Christians. By the way don't worry about the stones, many of us are ready to die for the men of God. We are the new Cristeros

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  12. Johny Jose Post author

    You can’t evangelise a culture you don’t love! Very interesting insight..

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  13. Kyrby Caluna Post author

    Don't be surprised when you're opposed by Michael Voris, Taylor Marshall et al.

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  14. Brutalslayr Post author

    Awesome video that’s encouraging. Thank you Bishop.

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  15. Alex Neville Post author

    Your Excellency, if Paul says that the God of Israel does not reside in temples made by human hands, how do we reconcile our belief in Christ in the tabernacle?

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  16. Frank E Post author

    Thank you so much from a returned Catholic. Love to hear you in the solitude of my kitchen and a cup of coffee in the early morning hours.

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  17. Ossi imomm Post author

    I remember when it was really frequent that people attack Fr Barron (Bishop Barron was not a bishop yet) in the comments section, some times attacks were not even related to the video.

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  18. Ingrid Harris Post author

    “How then, does the story of Thecla help to reshape the memory of Paul? In order to answer this question, based on the above observations, first something can be said about Thecla, specifically with regard to her development and identity, and then something about Paul.
    First, Thecla and her development from a ‘weak’ woman to a ‘strong’ manly person—with the appropriate physical (strength, speech) characteristics and outward appearance (hair, clothing)—may serve as a narrative argument indicating that also those with supposedly weak bodies (women, slaves, etc.) could rise to a position of authority and leadership “in Christ” since through Christ.
    Conversely, given that “gender was understood to have far-reaching moral and spiritual implications”, the Acts of Thecla can also be seen to indicate that “even male persons could need to be ‘made men’ in order to be really spiritual.” Men like Thamyris, Alexander, and to a substantial extent also Paul, may well be found to be lacking in this respect.
    While the Acts of Thecla use the criterion of masculinity on the one hand to indicate who is and who is not a figure of authority, they also show how an(y) unmasculine person can attain masculinity—and hence authority—through ἐγκράτεια. As Dunn puts it: “gender is not limited by sex.”

    From:
    St. Thecla: Remembering Paul and Being Remembered Through Paul
    Peter-Ben Smit
    Vigiliae Christianae brill.com/vc
    VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University of Pretoria

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  19. José Eduardo Porcher Post author

    Bishop Barron, after 15 years of agnosticism and 2 years discerning my path, I’ve decided to come home to the Catholic Church. Your ministry has been a very strong influence on me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you always.

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  20. Hiroyuki Fujita Post author

    Whether written by Paul or not, the Epistle to the Hebrews contains the Egypto-gnostic doctrine of the Christ which was taught by Paul in accordance with “the beginning of the first principles of the oracles of God”—that is, of the divine wisdom which was communicated in the mysteries…
    This, for example, is a brief sketch of the twofold Horus who suffered as Horus in his mortality and overcame as Horus in spirit, who personates the redeemer from death. This was he “who in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, though he was a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered: and having been made perfect, he became unto all them that obey him the author of eternal salvation” (Heb. V. 7). This in the Egyptian was the maimed and suffering human Horus who was saved from death in becoming the anointed son, the glorified sahu, the spirit perfected, the typical initiator into an existence hereafter that was called salvation to eternal life.”
    Citation from: Massey, Ancient Egypt: Light of the world.

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  21. Sydney R Post author

    I don’t want to seem disrespectful to Bishop Barron but who added Ben Shapiro’s image to the area where he talks about modern philosophers? Is that the stance of this channel? Do the people who run this channel believe that Ben Shapiro is a philosopher?

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  22. ALLEN DAVES Post author

    123's of THE GOSPEL
    #1 “ANOTHER JESUS”: (2Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus…)
    The strongest case for the divinity of Christ that one can make is the one God himself uses…..Thou fool, God speaking in the first person specifically in scriptures refers to the parts of a mans body (made in his own image) to describe father son and spirit and yet that is modalism by definition which trinitarians call heresy but God NOWHERE refers to himself as three in fact the worship of three different god-self’s with different amounts of knowledge, power and authority ordering each other around is nothing but a perverted pantheon and trying to lay claim to monotheism is like claiming your three different cars are the “one vehicle…….. …

    -The Trinitarian apologist pretend to have superior understand of more complex issues in statements where the purpose of God is NOT DEFINING how many persons he is while the simplest of statements by God FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE of defining how many persons God is eludes them. They also seem to “excel with glee” in giving their translations of oblique/obscure passages that have NO demand or intention of defining a specific number of persons of God to then cherry pick demands and assumptions of “great piety” into them.

    -This should have given you all a hint, harking back to Satan in The garden…God said you will die…Satan comes along and states no you will be more WISE……Today .God said He is one; but Satan’s children come along and say “no, God is "three in one" aka trinity is more WISE and humble in the face of God’s grandeur only “a mystery” that can be understood “in faith”. Thou FOOL!.. (Isaiah 66:44. I also will choose their delusions,; 2Thess 2:12..God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,) God uses head and right arm to explain the distinctions between father and son.. However, the Trinitarian heretics say to the effect: “NO, that is just a figure of speech, or that is not what God really means. What God is really saying is that God is three different persons”. Fools, hypocrites and blind guides, God said he was One and by your traditions have taken the words of God and made them of no effect, refashioning God into the image of your vain imaginations!

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    #2 “ANOTHER GOSPEL”: (2Cor 11:4 “…or another gospel”… Do you even know what the Gospel is?!?)
    Thou Fool! “I come quickly” so “Hold fast till i come”… NOT …“in another 2000 yrs I might be coming soon any time now, so hold fast”!?! …those that deny the second coming of Christ in the war of AD70 are practicing a damnable heresy in denying the lord that bought them ( 2Peter 2:1-2 ;2Tim 4:8/ you cant love an appearing you deny& the context is the 2nd coming not the first)… Mat 7:23..”I NEVER KNEW YOU” …..Mat 10:33. But whosoever shall deny me before men……..sound familiar?…. If I said I am coming to your house in this generation when these things happen but no one knows the day or hour what fool would think I might be coming in 2000 years latter!?!? ..2 Tim 4: 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES. 2Thess 2: 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    -Gal 1: 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    The book of Revelation offers us an interesting Theological dilemma. It states Rev 22:16. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. Revelation also states it is “the true sayings” of Jesus and that it is “the testimony of Christ”. If this is not “the gospel of Jesus Christ” then what is it and should we consider it accursed testimony of an angel? If it is not to be considered accursed, then it cannot be some other gospel message then what was already given previously. However, this is the conundrum, for if this is the gospel message, then why do so few understand it? There is a possibility which few consider but is the overall thesis of this apology. The reason people don’t understand revelation is because they never understood what the gospel message was in the first place! In that case, where does that put those who claim it is not essential for salvation? Do you not find it quite curious that the most "Personally" given NT book By Jesus himself, is the least understood and given the least importance for Salvation in Christendom?….There are numerous preachers and bible exegetes but as Paul said “… I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge ” . Most who profess the name of Christ are feeding on doctrines of devils and the ignorant.. There are, without question, many “qualified” teachers and scholars with many years of “dedication” and “solid education”. However, teachers, no matter how well lettered or numbered in degrees; if obtained from others; who are just as equally ignorant in such matters, are just “ blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”………..

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    #3 God loves everyone??? Jesus Died for “you”?……

    Does God love you?….“Probably” NOT!….and NO Jesus did NOT die for everyone!?!…… “come as you are??” (Lk 3:8)

    Prov 8: 17. I LOVE THEM THAT LOVE ME …………Do you love God??

    1John 5:3. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:

    There is a sharp contrast between THREE groups Predestination….its true.. its all true… God does NOT love everyone:

    (1) “PREDESTINED DAMNED” who were NEVER written in the book of life ………..Rev 17: 8 WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, …as contrasted …EPH 1: 4. According as he hath CHOSEN US in him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

    (2) “MANY CALLED”= ONLY and ALL SAINTS (those who come to Christ) are written in the book of life … Philippians 4:3… ……Rev 21:27; (Only saints are Called and elect; Rom 1:6-7 et al) This is THE CHRUCH and ONLY these can have their names blotted out of the book of life ….….Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and CHURCH of the firstborn … WHICH ………are WRITTEN in heaven,

    (3) THE FEW CHOSEN: Those saints who were alive in group #2 who are now physically dead. They died “faithful” these are the FEW that were chosen faithful…….Rev 3:5. ……; and I
    will not BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, (Ps 69:28) …. These are the FEW that are CHOSEN and now that they have died and are saved then “once saved THEY CAN NEVER BE LOST”

    PS: “The world” that God so loved was not the Roman world nor the world of the Maya nor the world you imagined in your head that God specifically told them NOT TO LOVE!?! Heb 10:29 They are worse off because they did something the damned had not done which is to treat the blood, that was shed for them- that bought them, with spite !?!

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  23. eogh Post author

    Love these longer explanation videos please bring more. I am discerning priesthood pray for me.

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  24. Steve McQueen Post author

    This format is what youtube was made for

    awesome video Bishop ill put it to good use, and take it to heart

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  25. Michael Giffin Post author

    I am inspired by this exposition. Thank you Bishop Barron.

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  26. Nerd Analog Post author

    First time I've seen someone from North America reading the Jerusalem Bible translation. I enjoy this translation, especially the introductions to the books and all the notes. As a nerd, it's also particularly close to my heart, as JRR Tolkien contributed to the English version. Great video.

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  27. Andree K Post author

    You certainly put that seed of evangelicalism in my brain. So now what? I would love to just go to church but the Catholic Church isn’t very big where I live. Do I introduce myself to the local priest? I’ve no idea how to go about this.

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  28. K Neth Post author

    This is awesome. Just starting a Masters class @ Steubenville. First lesson on anthropology referenced Acts 16 where the Holy Spirit "prevented" Paul from going into Asia Minor; whereby he had the dream of the Macedonian leading him to Greece where Christianity and the heart of philosophic truth met. Love that you started this video off with that. One of those, "hey, I studied that!" moments. haha

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  29. MrKev1664 Post author

    Your Excellency
    Christ be with you
    Wen are you going to retract you false teaching that "there is reasonable hope that all men are saved"
    It is causing division in the Church to the extent that people are that there is no hell.
    Hell exists and those who are condemned to hell for any unrepented mortal sin are eternally

    punished there by Divine justice (see Mt 25:46). Not only fallen angels but also human souls are

    damned eternally (see 2 Thess 1:9; 2 Pet 3:7). Eternally damned human beings will not be

    annihilated, since their souls are immortal according to the infallible teaching of the Church (see

    Fifth Lateran Council, sess. 8).
    Bring the Church back together and away from apathy to obedience, for it is in obedience w love God and disobedience we do not,(John 14:21-24)

    Pray for me
    God bless you

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  30. Pokenaut7 Post author

    I think that all people need to know, this. As the Catholic Faith is the only true way to heaven through Jesus. I know dozens of young people dying (not literally) to know this information. Thank you, for the info Bishop.

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  31. Wgaither1 Post author

    the Roman Catholic Church affirmed at Trent and continues to affirm now that the basis by which God will declare a person just or unjust is found in one’s “inherent righteousness.” If righteousness does not inhere in the person, that person at worst goes to hell and at best (if any impurities remain in his life) goes to purgatory for a time that may extend to millions of years. In bold contrast to that, the biblical and Protestant view of justification is that the sole grounds of our justification is the righteousness of Christ, which righteousness is imputed to the believer, so that the moment a person has authentic faith in Christ, all that is necessary for salvation becomes theirs by virtue of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. The fundamental issue is this: is the basis by which I am justified a righteousness that is my own? Or is it a righteousness that is, as Luther said, “an alien righteousness,” a righteousness that is extra nos, apart from us—the righteousness of another, namely, the righteousness of Christ? From the sixteenth century to the present, Rome has always taught that justification is based upon faith, on Christ, and on grace. The difference, however, is that Rome continues to deny that justification is based on Christ alone, received by faith alone, and given by grace alone. The difference between these two positions is the difference between salvation and its opposite. There is no greater issue facing a person who is alienated from a righteous God.

    At the moment the Roman Catholic Church condemned the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone, she denied the gospel and ceased to be a legitimate church, regardless of all the rest of her affirmations of Christian orthodoxy. To embrace her as an authentic church while she continues to repudiate the biblical doctrine of salvation is a fatal attribution. We’re living in a time where theological conflict is considered politically incorrect, but to declare peace when there is no peace is to betray the heart and soul of the gospel.

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  32. Alvster Lucas Post author

    Thank you Bishop Barron for yet another inspiration. It’s such a blessing to have someone like you especially in these difficult times. I teach Sunday School for the Pre-Confirmation class and admit most times I struggle to keep up and stand firm. This lifted me up and helped me understand better. God bless.

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  33. Kevin Hodges Post author

    Excellent. I loved the tone set in this message. Very well delivered.

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  34. Suzanne Petrie Post author

    Bishop this is so wonderful!! Feeling so blessed to learn with you teaching!! Praying for you!

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  35. mvhLinda Post author

    Can we please have a series of these? Bishop Barron reading and commenting the Bible sentence by sentence.

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  36. Lightsoutlightson1 Post author

    This video is worth periodically re-watching for anyone interested in evangelization. If God exists, and God is love, then when the world turns away from God then that is ominous. So it is an important if not vital problem to solve. However, it is not likely to be an easy road.

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  37. Abraham Philip Post author

    Explanation, Explanation & more Explanation a lot of language with scarce revelation.

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  38. chissstardestroyer Post author

    I'm not accusing you nor the early Church of any kind of misunderstanding of reality, Bishop Barron, but if I correctly understand, then if Christ Jesus is in and of Himself the Divine Logos, then He is the Intelligent Designer, as another title of His: the mind from which existence came- in terms of physics, and the bulk of all other sciences combined.
    Just throwing that out there to you to see if I understand what St. Paul was himself saying in his statements about Christ, as well as the early apostles.

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  39. chissstardestroyer Post author

    To avoid being discouraged and thereby persist in pursuing the truths of the faith, you have to have almost exceeding confidence in yourself, not by far not so much that you replace God, nor come anywhere near Him in terms of performance- which is the essence of the level of the Supernatural: the performance level of a God, and frankly our sinful nature alone, if not for other things intrinsic to ourselves as creatures, proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that we'll never attain that performance level… but rather, lay aside that besides the humility of recognizing our failings as failings and then, with our feet solidly on the ground of reality, rely on ourselves to do our part, and take advantage of any opportunities that come up in the process, and then go on, heedless of hazards; in the sure and certain knowledge that we can't be harmed by anyone else's sins, and thus aren't responsible for their sins, nor them for our sins… and only personal actual mortal sin can exclude us from Heaven, not even inability to be baptized, nor it being denied anyone can exclude them from Paradise… as in that case God'd be blatantly unjust, and thus intrinsically evil if He'd refuse Heaven to an unbaptized infant who through no fault of their own didn't get baptized.
    Any God Who'd do that injustice of refusing Heaven to any innocent is blatantly heretical at His very core, as that'd make said god an evil one.
    It is the principles that shall judge us, and all in question, as well as the need in regard to this video to remember that all are their own personal universes, that all are their own islands, and thus the belief that "no man is an island" is blatantly and completely the worst lie imaginable as the result of this.
    For their sins cannot transit to us, nor our sins transit to them, but scandal is, in effect, the direct assault upon the soul of another, and thus is incredibly vile in its nature.

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  40. Tom Saltsman Post author

    Just an observation. If we are truly motivated by divine charity, I'm sure that all of us who desire to win others to Christ more or less play by our own rules. That's what makes us convincing and unique. Each one of us will appeal to different kinds of people. That's the beauty and charm of God's intelligent design.

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  41. J Hubs Post author

    Bishop Robert Barron
    Your Excellency,
    Compare your thoughts and commentary in your video with the following from a dear friend of mine (and yours) –

    “Remember when St Paul went to Athens.
    He was first of all down in the market place. And those who heard him likened him to a crow that picked up anything it could find on the pavement. But for some reason or another, because he was curious – in the sense that he had a new doctrine, he was invited to the hill of the Areopagus. So he went to mars hill to talk to the senators.
    We sometimes become awed when invited before a very prominent audience. Well St Paul was also awed and he must have spent a great deal of time preparing his sermon because, one – he used the psychology of the apperceptive mass, he started with something that was common to the preaching and the audience he addressed. He said ‘I perceive you’re religious people. I saw a statue to the unknown God. And that God whom you know not is the God that I preach to you’.
    From a homiletic point of view that was perfect. He immediately caught the audience. Then he talked of creation. He talked of providence. Talked of God ruling hearts. He talked of anastasis, he spoke of the resurrection in a vague kind of way and they thought it was just simply a new figure, a new god. He had only two converts, a woman Damaris and the man Dionysius.
    His sermon was a total failure, though homiletically it was perfect. He even went to the trouble of quoting one of his own native poets, and one of theirs. But he never mentioned Christ, never mentioned the cross. And they said ‘alright, we’ll hear you another time’. He never went back. There’s no record of him founding a church in Athens, and he never wrote to the Athenians. But he walked the 40 miles to Corinth immediately afterwards, and he had plenty of time to meditate on why he was a failure. And he wrote it down in the letter to the Corinthians – ‘I am resolved from now on to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.’
    He learned his lesson. A lesson that we have to learn.”

    Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1977)

    God love you friend.

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  42. paul paull Post author

    7:03-> Comprend? Je ne pas 'comprend'…. Dieu es? ….Dieu es mon droit? …Dieu ES le monde? …Dieu es ICI? non…ici ES Dieu….

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  43. paul paull Post author

    8:35-> '..I'm not enough of a Greek scholar to know the nuances here.' <- YES!! …simultaneous +HumilitywithTruth+ MAKES the Holy Spirit FILL your heart and mind….

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  44. Robert L Post author

    Bishop Barron I enjoy your videos greatly. Admire what you're doing.
    What do you think of the YouTube channel 'The bible Project'? It's explaining the books of the Bible in animation form. Is their interpretation correct?

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  45. paul paull Post author

    …actions speak louder than words…Bishop Barron's hand gestures[9:14] when he speaks inform as much as and even more so than do his proclamations….

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  46. paul paull Post author

    15:04-> …all eyes are dark, dead …..only the right eye of Jesus has life, vision…..and He looks at no-one… …grotesque…revolting…vulgar…disturbing<-16:50

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  47. paul paull Post author

    7:59->…why is Ben Shapiro not Christian? …HOW can Ben Shapiro not be Christian? ..or…. …is Ben Shapiro Christian? …yes

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  48. Wgaither1 Post author

    Reformed theology does NOT teach that God brings the ELECT kicking and screaming, against their will, into His kingdom. It teaches that God so-works in the hearts of the Elect as to make them willing and pleased to come to Christ. They come to Christ because they want to. They want to because God has created in their hearts a desire for Christ.

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  49. Peter Jongsma Post author

    Gregory the Great did exactly what St Paul did.
    Gregory the Great said :
    Do not tear down Pagan Temples.
    Look for what is Good and bring it to Christ.
    And Satan will have no power to resist.
    Thus we still have Easter as both Fertility and Passover.
    Thus we have both Christmas as Rebirth in the Dead of Winter.
    Gregory the Great and St Paul.
    Same Evangelical Methods.
    And here we are using American Technology to
    Publicise Christ.
    God Bless Bishop Barron.
    God Bless American Technology.
    Which is the best on God's Earth.

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  50. MrKev1664 Post author

    Wgaither1
    Hey Mr Wgaither
    Peace be with you
    Now you sounding Catholic.
    Love is a requirement Faith alone is nonsense.
    Catholics do not believe our works save us as I said.
    It is Christ’s Grace, his forgiveness for our sins that saves.
    But he will save those who obey him. (Heb 5:8-9)
    It is those who obey Christ who can know and love him.
    Please pray for me
    God bless you

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  51. herptek Post author

    Dialogue in evangelization is somewhat problematic in principle. The gospel is proclaimed as it is and is not itself subject to revision based on reasons articulated by our opponents. This will inevitably make the ordeal a rather unreciprocated dialogue. Catholicism is after all believed dogmatically and most reasons we may have for believing are secondary or apologetic by nature, reasons that make it easier to believe in a faith that is already given from above in its entirety. We cannot afford the faith to be subjected to or evaluated and revised by the intellectual stantards of the modern world (which are in any case faulty to begin with), which is what we would be required to do in order to engage in impartial dialogue. Dialogue is not a way of finding unchanging truths, but all too often a way of finding and settling for the lowest common denominator instead: The position that everyone is comfortable with, one that doesn't require a conversion or a change of belief or practice. A shallow, false unanimity is often the result. That is the danger that has to be kept in mind when engaging in dialogue in the event a christian has to engage in it.

    But we know what to do in face of obstinate unbelief; Matthew 10:11-15:

    "Whenever you enter a city or a village, find out who is worthy to be your host, and make your lodging there until you go away. When you enter this house, you are to wish it well; and so, if the house is worthy, your good wishes shall come down upon it; if unworthy, let them come back to you the way they went. And wherever they will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that city or that house; I promise you, it shall go less hard with the land of Sodom and Gomorrha at the day of judgement, than with that city."

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  52. John Cope Post author

    I wish this had been discussed during my Christian theology course at Boston College. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing the good news through Paul in this video.

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  53. Traveling Mntngal Post author

    Thank you, Bishop Barron! I enjoy evangelizing on YouTube, especially Protestant evangelists and others who speak against the Catholic faith as if they are experts about it. Yet, I often have wondered if my small voice does any good. This really helped and I'll continue on doing the best I can for the faith. God Bless you!

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  54. Teresa Baker-Carl Post author

    So I always understood that to fully understand the New Testament we must read it in conjunction with the Old Testament. Is that what you mean when you talk about what happens when Jesus is removed from Judaism? I mean, Jesus was a Jew Who quoted Jewish prophecy which would be the Old Testament, right?

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  55. Ryan T. Post author

    Incredible and brilliant analysis…. thank you so much for all you do, Bishop Barron! I've been following you from here in Western New York since I first discovered "The Catholicism Project" back in 2012. Your ministry has been life-changing to my faith life. God bless you and thank you! -Ryan

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